Within 10 days after notice of appointment and acceptance by the last appointed member, the members of the commission shall meet at the principal administrative office of the principal county and organize by electing from their number a chairman. They shall also appoint a secretary who shall not be a member of the commission. Thereafter the members of the commission may meet at such times and places as they select.
A majority of the commissioners shall constitute a quorum for purposes of transacting business and making the determinations required by this article.
The commission shall conduct a public hearing to receive information regarding its determinations, and to hear submissions of any interested persons and any protests and objections to the proposed county consolidation. Notices of the hearing shall be published pursuant to Section 6061 in a newspaper of general circulation in each affected county. In addition, the commission shall cause mailed notice of the hearing to be given to each of the chief petitioners, if any, at least two weeks prior to the date fixed for the hearing.